McMenamins Tavern on the Square

4.3
922 Reviews
$31 to $50
Northwest
The Tavern on the Square at McMenamins Anderson School is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and later-on. This Northwest-style café offers comfortable sophistication, making it an ideal spot to meet up and enjoy house-made specialties, such as brioche and desserts.

You'll see seasonal offerings, fresh fish and local produce on the menus here, ranging from crab cake benedicts to a dinner entrée of pan-seared Maple Leaf duck breast.

Dining options pair well with our handcrafted coffee, ales, cider, wine and spirits-offering upscale classics and modern inventions.

Fresh, inventive offerings make this Tavern an inviting space any time of day or night.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 922 people are saying
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Real
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were wonderful! But a 5 person group got seated next to me and once everyone was seated OUTSIDE in their pulled out chairs I could have touched them with an outstretched arm. Might have been caused by them adding a fifth chair to the table.

Need more social distance while eating and talking without masks on.

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LisaR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Yummy food! Disappointed by limited menu...but food was tasty!

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RachelK
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went to happy hour at the tavern, their service wasn’t as great as the Woodshop. We waited 15 mins to even get someone to wait on us. Other than that, it was amazing!

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vipBigSkyTravelers
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We ate breakfast in the Tavern on the Square each morning of our 3 night stay at McMenamins. Nice menu options and very friendly, efficient and courteous staff.

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kllh260
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience1

My husband and I were staying at the Anderson School for his birthday and had some friends join us one evening for dinner at Tavern on the Square. I specifically requested at breakfast that day that we be placed at a table in the back of the restaurant towards the fireplace since the night before we’d been stuck at the noisiest, coldest table in the place right by the back door and I didn’t want that again. Guess what?! We ended up at the SAME EXACT TABLE AS THE FIRST NIGHT! They were busy, but not that busy at 5:45 pm and I mentioned something to the hostess as she sat us and she just kind of shrugged. She was the one that had taken my request at breakfast even. Then we had an entire 45 minutes between ordering drinks and food. Then they overcooked my crab cakes so badly that they were inedible. I didn’t even finish one of the three, but my waiter didn’t say a word about it, instead he noticed that they put onions on my friends burger and comped him a dessert. This is not a cheap meal and I expect more from a McMenamin’s. We won’t be going back anytime soon, that’s for sure. Super disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time. Fun "hip" menu but with great Go To's. High end cheeseburger with an egg and solid clams app

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vipPwsj
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio with heaters and the airflow is great for Covid and social distancing. The service was great and she was extremely responsive to our requests, the food was very good. We will most definitely return when in the area.

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fires wre blazing, the drinks were cold and served with efficiency! Thank you!

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ALeeB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

They were very prepared to follow social distancing regulations and still provided a great experience. Our waitress did seem quite busy but overall it was a good time and amazing food.

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KristaM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed dining here the atmosphere was romantic and fun and that was just what we were looking for. Would highly recommend

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LarryP
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

A nice dinner with friends on the patio... a few to many people passing by but overall a great experience.

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AmyM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Waitress was wonderful and allowed us to stay for hours. The only reason I rated low is because the food was overcooked. I had fish and chips. The batter was very dark and fish was dry. The restaurant was not busy.

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MargaretM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Breakfast was delicious. Service so friendly and fun.

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vipsammamishdiner
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Fun seasonal menu! We felt safe and socially distanced which is a plus. Outdoor seating was available.

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ElviaD
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The place is amazing. The food very tasty. The service slow. The music too loud.

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CaleighW
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience1

We felt very uncomfortable with the number of tables sat in the restaurant. There were large swarms of maskless people outside, and they appeared very inebriated. Inside, we were sat in a room with about 7 tables. One two tables had guests, which felt safe- until a party of 12 was also sat in the room. The service and food are amazing, but this did not feel like a safe restaurant given COVID-19.

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JolynD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

It was good food but took a long time to get it. We did receive 1 free dessert. It was very pricey for what we got so not sure we will be back for dinner, maybe lunch before 3.

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gauthke
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Had the four course meal and found it to be very hot and miss on taste. Nothing was inedible but, main dish chicken was dry,. Crab bisque had very little crab and was too salty and the sweet potato pie was a big let down.

Also, while the service was friendly and fairly attentive it took a LONG time to get food out. I would stick with their Bar and grill across the court yard next time.

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JudyK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Usually a great place. We had outdoor seating with proper social distancing. There was a party of 20-30 people beside us that were really loud and were not observing social distancing and were in our space. They were really near us. I felt the management should have controlled them.

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Bellabower
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tavern on the square is a fun, comfortable tasty restaurant. We sat inside but want to try their outside patio next time. Favorite thing? Their beignets. Yum

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Hawktoberfest Kolch. Paired perfectly with the Porkchop! Delicious.

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DavidC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

The food here seems to not be as good as it used to be. Neither of our meals were cooked correctly. One was undercooked and the other was dry. Service was good. Just not a memorable experience.

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CrystalR
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner, we were seated promptly at the time of our reservation. Service was quick and the food was wonderful!

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vipLovedit
Seattle
67 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun place with really good food snd amazing service.

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Laron
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always love the patio, particularly during the time of the virus...but...somehow we missed that in our Open Table reservation and ended up inside near the fireplace. We were far from any other tables and felt quite comfortable despite being indoors and our waiter was so thoughtful and attentive - he even turned down the speakers overhead so we could carry on a conversation. Always a good time a McM's!

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StevoS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Unquestionably, it is a fun place to have a nice meal/dinner...

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ElizabethB
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside by the fire and enjoyed a wonderful beer and dinner. Thank you for a great time. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and felt safe dining outside.

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Seattlesue
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We were there close to closing but not closing. I specifically indicated that we would be ordering dessert at the beginning of the meal. When we went to order dessert our server indicated “the kitchen staff isn’t going to be happy”. Hmmm we dropped over $500 on dinner and drinks...I’d keep that to myself as I think she should have been checking back with us and filling our water and reminding us to order dessert. Otherwise fantastic

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vipDisabledVetEnjoyingLife
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

I made reservations and asked to sit outside. When me & my party arrived, they wouldn’t allow us to sit outside even though it was part of the reservation. The guy sitting folks was pretty rude, other than to the one or two people that knew him. He put us in a really noisy bar table. The weird part he wasn’t even acknowledge I made a reservation through Open Table. Maybe to make it look like a blew off the reservation. Overall the food is all right, but not worth the price. I had the shrimp and grits, it should be grits and shrimp because they were only a couple of pieces of shrimp. It was mostly a big tub of undercooked grits. The Old Fashion was ok, but again way over priced. This place has potential unfortunately it won’t get there with staff that are rude and can’t cook.

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CNel
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were there for our 40th Anniversary celebration. The food was very good. It was Saturday night and busy so I rated the service as good. We will be back!

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SHARONJ
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

overcharged for the amount of tasteless biscuits and gravy..

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

While we did intend to have the harvest menu and indicated this on our reservation, we were not told it wouldn’t be available until after we were seated and given menus. We clicked on the link directly on the event website to make a reservation the same day, so this was surprising. However, the food and service were wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed dining on the patio.
We will come back.

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JesA
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so flavorful and delicious we loved every bite. The hand pie was superb! Our server was kind and quick.

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JoanneH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The toast and the hash brown were barely browned and were a bit cold. I tried to get coffee and had to flag someone down. I would love it if they would offer more fresh fruit and maybe a sweet roll with breakfast.

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LaceyH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very attentive and kept us informed and the delicious food and drinks flowing. The pork chop was so moist and the grits had a perfect kick to them. The root vegetables could have had a plate of their own, they were the real standout. The Halibut was perfectly cooked and the added greens made the perfect light meal. My harvest gin and tonic was to die for. Great ambiance with the lighting and all the amazing antique fixtures. Perfect for a date night...

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WayneM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Informed, pleasant staff, and good foods. The spirits selection at the entire Anderson School is enviable. Our waiter was able to offer spot-on suggestions for various spirits relative our interests, and our cocktails had an ideal balance with layers of complexity.

The batter on the halibut was not to my liking, but that is strictly my personal preference. The halibut was perfectly fried and they made the fries extra crispy per my request; getting fries extra crispy is surprisingly difficult at most places. The Caesar salad was underdressed, but my partner thought it was decent; again, just a difference in preference. Don't miss the crab cakes if available, and definitely explore the house special cocktails. It's very clear that a lot of thought and effort goes into those. Get a cocktail and wander in the large courtyard, which is partially covered for any weather.

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Eandd
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrating special birthday with friends. Brussels and cauliflower app was delicious. We had to send back an entree, the duck - which had been out of this world on our prior visit. Restaurant took care of it and the replacement meal - halibut - was good and came out quickly, so we were still happy because service was so good. Again, we will be back.

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LuisZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Overall, our stay was awesome! The only disappointment we had was during breakfast. My eggs were cold and the hash browns were not crispy at all and under cooked! I would prefer to label them as hash lights! Also, our waitress took our drink order and we got them, but it was over 25 minutes. We had a reservation at 930 am and didn’t get our food until 1030. All said and done we left by 11 am. 1.5 hours for a simple breakfast is unacceptable in my opinion!

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Seastar
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fun!! We went multiple times during a weekend hotel stay and had a great time! We were talking crap about the mushroom pizza when we first saw it because it doesn’t look like much... but then we tasted it- OMG- incredible! Service is very good and ambiance is 5 stars.

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LarryM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service and food were great. We sat outside and the setting was great. The Eastern Washington fires did make it a little smokey but did not detract from the dining experience.

FAQs

McMenamins Tavern on the Square offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (425) 219-4362.

McMenamins Tavern on the Square is rated 4.3 stars by 922 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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